• What is the extent of the illegal organized cigarette trade in South Africa? How much money is lost annually to the South African economy as a result? We answer these and other important questions in an article published in Servamus: January 2021.

  • Servamus subscribers stand the chance of winning a BYRNA Less-lethal firearm (no need for permits). Turn to p21 of Servamus: January 2021 to find out what you need to do to win this awesome prize worth R7500!

  • COVID-19 has exacerbated the threat of crimes that are committed in the pharmaceutical industry, such as counterfeiting and fraud, as large consignments of counterfeit medical products have been distributed. Our article published from p24 in Servamus: January 2021, reveals more details.

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Pollex also discussed the following court cases in Servamus: December 2020.

  • Using the small or tiny fish against the big or large fish

At the time of writing this, it is now common knowledge of the large wave of arrests recently made in respect of white-collar crimes, allegedly committed by people in positions of authority and/or responsibility.

According to media reports, some people allegedly suggest that the Prosecuting Authority should start with “the prosecution (and conviction) of the small or tiny fish” by offering them “amnesty” in exchange for being used as a State/prosecution witness against the “big or large fish”. As Pollex understand the supporters of the latter procedure, new legislation is required in order to implement it.

Pollex is, by the way and depending on the circumstances, in favour of such a procedure. However, no “new” legislation in this regard is required. We already have the necessary legal mechanism which may, so to speak, be implemented immediately.

  • History repeats itself - S v Kekana 2019 (1) SACR 1 (SCA)

In Servamus: August 2011, Pollex discussed two similar, but totally unrelated cases under the heading, “Husbands kill their children to punish their wives! - S v Shaw 2011 (1) SACR 368 (ECG) and S v Van der Westhuizen 2011 (2) SACR 26 (SCA)”.

In Shaw the accused murdered his two children, and in Van der Westhuizen the accused (at the time a lieutenant-colonel in the SAPS) shot and murdered his three children with his service pistol. In both cases the respective courts found that the murders were committed by husbands in order to punish their respective wives with whom both of them were involved in marital discord (Afrikaans: “huwelikstwis”).


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Servamus - January 2021

A lack of employment and job opportunities is often considered to be an important reason for criminal behaviour.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Towards the end of March 2020, the President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, announced that as of midnight on 26 March 2020, South Africa would go into a "hard lockdown".
By Kotie Geldenhuys
The current worldwide COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in various lockdown levels across the world, has opened new opportunities for criminals to exploit people - especially in cyberspace.
By Annalise Kempen
Families across the world have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which will likely have a long-lasting impact on public health and our well-being.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - January 2021

Read More - S v Leshilo (345/2019) [2020] ZASCA 98 (8 September 2020) (SCA)
Mr Moshidi Danny Leshilo (hereinafter referred to as “the accused”), was accused 1 before the regional court, Pretoria (“the trial court”) where he was convicted on 11 June 2014 of housebreaking with the intent to commit an unknown offence in terms of section 262 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (count 1); the unlawful possession of a firearm (count 2); and the unlawful possession of ammunition (count 3).
Read More - S v JA 2017 (2) SACR 143 (NCK)
Mr JA, the accused who is from Port Nolloth on the northern part of the South African west coast, was convicted of rape before the regional court, Springbok in Namaqualand.
Read More - S v Ndlovu 2017 (2) SACR 305 (CC)
Relevant legislation (1) Section 3 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007 provides for the offence of rape simpliciter (Afrikaans: “sonder voorbehoud”).

Letters - January 2021

Hearty congratulations to Sgt T S Moletsane of the Beaufort West Stock Theft Unit who was awarded as the Best Member of a Stock Theft Unit - for the fourth consecutive year!
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